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This is how I take a week off when I really need it

This is how I take a week off when I really need it

I remember writing an article years ago where I said that holidays when you're a mum are just the same sh*t, different location. Nothing has changed. In order to take a week off during an actual holiday, we'd need to go somewhere remote without the family. Somewhere...

Self-isolation at home when home doesn’t feel safe

Self-isolation at home when home doesn’t feel safe

"I’m reading all the posts about social distancing and isolating with our ‘happy’ families. But what if the family is not so happy?" asks one of our Mumlyfe readers. What if you are forced into self-isolation at home when home doesn't feel safe? "Just going through a...

How your family can survive lockdown without killing each other

How your family can survive lockdown without killing each other

Chances are you're in lockdown with the kids at home right now, or very soon will be. Confined to four walls and, if you're lucky, a garden. No excursions, no day trips, no 'phone a friend and get out of the house'. Just you, the family, and the walls slowly closing...

5 ways to improve kids’ mental health literacy

5 ways to improve kids’ mental health literacy

Mums, our kids aren't doing well. 😞 The Beyond Blue statistics on youth mental health are alarming: more than 50% of mental health issues begin before the age of 14; one in seven young people aged 4 to 17 years experience a mental health condition in any given...

Helping your child overcome perfectionism

Helping your child overcome perfectionism

Do you think your child might be a perfectionist? Do they set high standards and then get cranky when they  don't live up to them? Do they expect a lot from others and then get disappointed when they don't cut it? Are they procrastinating over something because...

Neuroscience is unlocking the mysteries of the teen brain

Neuroscience is unlocking the mysteries of the teen brain

How would you describe an average teenager? For most people, the following characteristics might come to mind: moody, impulsive, risk taking, likely to succumb to peer pressure. by Lucy Foulkes, University of York While it’s clear that adolescence is a period of life...

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11 family games teens will be into too

The problem with all the 'family games' lists is that teens are highly unlikely to want to settle around the table with their family and play Monopoly. Some teens will, of course. But most would rather pour boiling-hot scorn on their parents' pathetic attempts at...

Non-screen activities are critical for kids’ development

Non-screen activities are critical for kids’ development

We're all looking for ways to engage the kids in non-screen activities, especially right now when screens often feel like the only option. There has to be a reason why we're fighting with the kids about screens all. the. time, right? Georgina Manning, Counsellor,...

A kind-of fancy blueberry bundt cake

A kind-of fancy blueberry bundt cake

Do you have a bundt cake tin? I've had one for years, but rarely use it except to make this blueberry bundt cake. I am never sure if you can just make an ordinary cake recipe in the bundt tin, or if you need a special bundt cake recipe. All to do with cooking times in...

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